DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

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2011
Nov
18
 
 
Coming up on PBS Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. ET, Nov. 20-21 (check local listings), are four hours of actors, writers and critics lining up to pay homage to one of the true auteurs of our time -- one who somehow was able to muse on life's great metaphysical mysteries while slipping on a giant banana peel, or dressed as a Hassidic Rabbi...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
12
 
 
Once the sacred territory of horror and slasher films, hefty servings of fetishized blood and guts are now regular television fare in plentiful supply on Sunday night. And every other night of the week, for that matter -- but somehow Sunday, with its massive audience and its collection of daringly dark drama series, gets the lion's share...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
3
 
 
Hollywood's John Wayne westerns gave us a tidy-looking old west with meticulously pressed costumes, freshly shorn hair and brightly lit saloons. With portraits like Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) and HBO's Deadwood (2004), we got a more physical feel for the time and place -- muddy streets, scraggly beards and bad teeth...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Nov
1
 
 
The British scientist J.B.S. Haldane famously mused on the universe, and has since been quoted as many times as there are stars in the sky. In 1927, he wrote, "...Now my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we 'can' suppose." Meaning, we're simply not even capable -- yet -- of imagining what we need to know...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
29
 
 
It's Halloween, and since it's the time of year for the utterly icky and strange, there's no better occasion to flip through the archives for a show that introduces us to a spineless, pale Cephalopoda with large, smart-looking eyes that shifts shape, and that can also attack with an eight-armed face...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
25
 
 
Watching MTV's new reboot of Beavis and Butt-Head (premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. ET), you get the same feeling you had when the series premiered in 1993 -- why in the world am I wasting time on these idiots? I mean, serious idiots. And when Butt-Head reprises his role as couch-bound commentator of MTV videos and shows, it strikes you: You're watching these dopes watch TV...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
17
 
 
There are many moments in HBO's new Monday half-hour series Enlightened where the scene dissolves to bright white light, while the main character's thoughts go in and out of meditation. These are the white spaces where the mind might drift smoothly, or in here, run rampantly and disquietly through attempted calm. They're also spaces created by another White -- Mike White...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
11
 
 
Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" returns for a second season Wednesday (Oct, 12) at 9 p.m. ET, and it's a bit of a surprise that there was enough interest in a competition show about the art world to make another run...But, thinking on it -- it's probably a winning environment to plant artists in...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
9
 
 
Not a lot of good news comes out of war, and sometimes you have to be lucky to find it. Here's some -- a small, one-hour documentary that plays infrequently on Military Channel, where most will not see it. And it next airs at 9 in the morning, when, again, most will not see it. But a great story is a great story. So set your DVRs for Tuesday (Oct. 11) at 9 a.m. ET for an astonishing story of loyalty, steadfast determination and, most of all, love. You won't be disappointed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
6
 
 
Political commentator Laura Ingraham's 2003 book, Shut Up and Sing: How Elites From Hollywood, Politics and the U.N. Are Subverting America, was critical of stars from the left who went public with political views when their only qualifications were to entertain us. It seems that same level of scrutiny has just been applied to a star from the right...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Eric Gould

Associate Editor

Eric Gould is a writer in Boston and Associate Editor for tvworthwatching.com. With prior stints in art, music, photography and design, he casts a wide net across the media pool fishing for the smart, the surprising and the oddly compelling. He will have essays on Rectify, Six Feet Under and Girls in the upcoming “Finale: Considering the Ends of Television Series” from Syracuse University Press. Email him at gould@tvworthwatching.com

 
 
 
 

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